Chelsea Manning leads Latitude’s Late Night Line-Up

Whistleblower, activist, trans icon, and DJ Chelsea Manning will be making her Latitude debut as a DJ at this year’s Latitude festival.

The multi-award-winning festival returns to the stunning grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk, on July 20-23, 2023, with Pulp, Paolo Nutini, George Ezra, Young Fathers, Yard Act, and Siouxsie, along with comedians Ed Gamble, Romesh Ranganathan, Sara Pascoe, and Bridget Christie topping an eclectic roster of music and arts. Saturday and Sunday day tickets are already sold out. Weekend and Friday day tickets are available here.

Chelsea Manning will be performing at Latitude’s Sunrise Stage as part of the diverse line after-dark line-up of DJs and counter-cultural club nights announced today.

Best known for releasing thousands of files that revealed severe human rights abuses and corruption in the US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, Manning hit the headlines in 2010 and was sentenced to 35 years in military prison. She served seven years in prison, from 2010 to 2017 after her sentence was commuted by former President Barack Obama. Manning made history when she became the first American prisoner to undergo gender-affirming hormone therapy in a military prison.

Subsequently, she has continued her work as a technologist, network security expert, analyst, and activist. Manning has recently returned to DJing and recently performed at a rave in Brooklyn, throwing down a DJ set at Elsewhere after a hiatus of over 15 years. The whistleblower is holding onto the comfort she’s long found in dance music as she embraces her role as an activist.

Manning recently revealed that while studying at a military school in Wales, she would travel down to Bristol for drum-and-bass parties. Reportedly, it was here that Manning discovered a love for DJing and rave culture that may have sowed the seeds for her later political activism. Now, she is bringing her unique style of electronic music to the Latitude Sunrise stage. Manning’s DJ set promises to be a powerful and insightful experience, reflecting her fight for individual freedom and equality.

Subsequently, she has continued her work as a technologist, network security expert, analyst, and activist. Manning has recently returned to DJing and recently performed at a rave in Brooklyn, throwing down a DJ set at Elsewhere after a hiatus of over 15 years. The whistleblower is holding onto the comfort she’s long found in dance music as she embraces her role as an activist.

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Manning joins an eclectic group of late-night stars including Belief, the techno duo of Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa and veteran producer Boom Bip, who perform live and Moshi Moshi DJs, who will thrill the dancefloor with their visionary take on electronica. Five years since their last album, and now stripped down to a duo, Peace return with some mind-boggling plans up their sleeves. The Birmingham boys prepare for a wild late-night show.

Elsewhere in India presents a transmedia performance that combines a genre-bending palate of Carnatic-electronic music alongside game engine technology. The project features digital human avatars of pioneering Indian audio-visual artists Murthovic (MSR Murthy) and Thiruda (Avinash Kumar).  Elsewhere in India will also perform in the Theatre Arena at the festival.

Legendary tastemaker and broadcaster Abbie McCarthy, who is the mastermind behind Good Karma Club, a gig night championing the hottest new bands around who provided early shows for the likes of Tom Grennan, The Amazons, Pale Waves, and many more, also joins the Sunrise stage.

In-demand DJs who exude positive energy and infectious charisma and deliver banging beats, including Millie Cotton, Eliza Jackson, and Plastic Factory DJs, also join the bill.

On Saturday night, Queer House Party takes over the Sunrise arena. Renowned for iconic, queer throwdowns, Queer House Party brings their award-winning LGBTIQ+ party to Latitude featuring the best drag performers and DJs from across the country.

In the Woods also boasts a stunning line-up for those who like to party late! BBC Radio 1 and MTV presenter and Jack Saunders bring festival attendees a taste of his fabled Hopscotch Club Night with a showcase of new artists and new music alongside the soulful-sounding Norwich club night and DJ trio Soul Stew, and East Anglia’s biggest and best 90s Britpop, indie, and dance night Common People, Latitude’s late-night fans can also experience the biggest emotions, songs, hair, and guitar solos courtesy of the celebratory club night that is Ultimate Power.

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Allow your feet the break they deserve and come and sit and enjoy some late-night jazz with some of the UK’s finest musicians. The classy vibe of a jazz club like Ronnie Scott’s, brought to you at the festival every night so that you can have a cocktail and listen to live music into the early hours, without having to dance!!Smooth jazz, table service and a transformed Alcove – where better to finish your night!

The Listening Post will play host to Latitude’s own late-night comedy club, a first for the festival. Winner of Top Comedy Pick, NY Times (2022), Stamptown will be bringing their late-night variety show hosted by the bad boy of clown, Zach Zucker, and featuring the best alternative performance on the international scene. This show has packed out shows at Just For Laughs, Glastonbury, Soho Theatre, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and Off-Broadway in New York City. Award-winning viral sensation Jazz Emu will join the late-night bill with a brand-new show following his previous hit, Jazz Emu: You Shouldn’t Have. The Telegraph tipped this show as one of the “Top Shows To See At The Edinburgh Fringe” in 2022, and it went on to sell out its run at Soho Theatre.

The Late Night Lock-In, hosted by Ray Badran will feature a line-up of cutting edge comedy, clowning and cabaret from the likes of Amelia Bayler, winner of Best Newcomer at the Scottish Comedy Awards and Kate Hammer – a regular performer at Just For Laughs POP Montreal and Edinburgh Fringe. Joining them on the line-up will be Robyn Herfellow, bringing mischief with musical comedy cabaret and Rosa Garland, following sell-out runs of her 2022 Edinburgh Fringe sensation – Trash Salad. More guests are still to be announced! Rounding off the weekend of late night comedy will be the Best of The Fest where you can expect snippets, surprises and more in a late night line-up show from your festival favourites.


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This stellar line-up is joining the late-night shows already announced. In a festival first, Romesh Ranganathan will close Latitude with the biggest party the festival has ever seen! Romesh Ranganathan and Martin 2 Smoove present their first-ever Hip Hop Saved My Festival event. It’s a party for anyone who loves Hip Hop, and fancy dress is strongly encouraged. Ranganathan will take us through the years of the genre with a soundtrack provided by some HUGE artists.

Massaoke returns with the world’s biggest mass sing-along party featuring a live band – Rockstar Weekend – who’ll be playing hairbrush anthems from across the decades for you to sing your heart out to. Throw your hands in the air like you just don’t care, and let POP music course through your veins into the night with Guilty Pleasures. Or dance to ABBA, only ABBA, and all things ABBA at Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! ABBA After Midnight. Club de Fromage will bring a cast of zany characters, huge sing-alongs, audience interaction, massive pop, rock, indie, disco, and dance anthems from across the decades, and non-stop dancing!

See cabaret at its finest from The Cocoa Butter Club, who’ll start the festival weekend by serving a spirited soiree celebrating performers of colour, featuring burlesque, live music, drag, voguing, hula hooping, and much more.

Get ready for a new bonkers night of cabaret, swirls, and twirls with drag’s finest scene-stealers and Jennifer Coolidge lookalikes as These Gays They’re Trying To Murder Me! From the party-starting mastermind Xnthony, keep the late-night entertainment going, featuring The Doll Named Dan and her Rolodex of magnificent oddballs.

Sensational Slavic drag collective SLAV 4 U returns to the Latitude stage, this time with their Immigrant Tea Party! Hosted by Polish drag star Polka Dot and her entourage of Eastern European beauties, SLAV 4 U is an LGBT+ performance collective, so expect comedy, dance, singing, drag, and full-on gender-queer mayhem! The late-night entertainment continues with JC’s Hedonist Club Cabaret bringing together the most divine drag artists to bring you a night of fabulous chaos, delicious rebellion, and pure hedonism!

Latitude’s beloved Shack will return to keep party-goers dancing until the early hours amongst the Faraway Forest with their audio-visual bass-thumping extravaganza. Still up for more? Disco Shed is back, bringing with them a troupe of their best DJs to keep your feet stomping all night long with their massive beats.

Let’s get this party started!

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